With the world’s greatest cycling competition/pharmaceutical experiment in full swing, high-end eyewear maker Oakley has released a limited-edition Tour de France version of its Radar Pace replica sunglasses to celebrate the history and legacy of the iconic competition.
Radar Pace, the firm’s smart sports sunglasses incorporate in-ear headphones for music and a real-time, voice-activated coaching system, which can be adjusted to help you train harder and for longer while out on two wheels.
The Tour de France edition includes an exclusive PRIZM Road Lens that’s been etched with the Tour de France logo and detailed with a unique iridium coating “inspired by the regions of France”.
These highly technical, IPX5 water resistant glasses have a touch pad at the temples to control volume and take/end calls with a tap or swipe.
As well as your mobile, the system can pair to external sensors to track power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, distance, time and more.
Each pack includes two ear booms, a clear lens for low light conditions, a unique iridium PRIZM Road Lens, a case and Tour de France microbag, two replacement nose pads and – yes! – a micro USB cable.
The Oakley limited edition Tour De France Radar Pace replica sunglasses are available now with a price tag of £40.
Skiing in cheap sunglasses on a perfect spring/summer day is one of the best feelings ever… until your eyes begin watering like crazy and said sunglasses fly off your head into a snowy abyss. The answer: the Wind Jacket 2.0, a big-lensed, snug-fitting pair of shades with heaps of retro flair, to boot. These puppies come with a removable strap and PRIZM lenses that enhance color and contrast. I’ve been sporting these while skiing, hiking, biking, paragliding, rollerblading, river-rafting, boating, you name it. They’ve remained squarely in place through all of these activities, blocked wind and generally enhanced my experiences via the remarkable clarity and contrast offered by PRIZM.
More on the PRIZM front: These replica sunglasses are catchy, no doubt about it. Everywhere I roam folks inquire, “What are those?!” I often go so far as to take ’em off of my head and welcome strangers to try them out, and I explain the benefit and the magic of PRIZM. People dig the look, that’s obvious, and they’re almost always sold on these puppies when they see the world through the PRIZM lens. The next question they’ll ask is, “Hey, wait a minute, do you work for Oakley outlet?!” “No,” I reply. “I’m just that big of a m’f#ckin’ fan.”
Jacket up, folks.
Note: The Wind Jacket 2.0 comes in six colorways. I dig the Neon Retina frame with PRIZM Snow Black Iridium lens for its funky-fun look, but I feel compelled to say that the PRIZM Snow Torch Iridium lens that comes standard with the 80s Green and Neon Orange/Red frames is just the best; it brightens and warms up your experiences in a way that I guarantee you’ll appreciate. Catch a sneak peek at those colorways, below, and click on the nifty button here for all the deets.
Cheap Oakley’s Jawbreaker Prizm Road sunglasses are, for the most part, an excellent pair of shades for road cycling. The optics are crystal clear with no distortion and the Prizm tint clarifies road surface as well as provide the basic UV protection and shade for your eyes. The adjustable fit is comfortable and, thanks to Oakley’s so-called Unobtainum rubber bits, quite sturdy.
Yes, the look is polarizing (forgive the pun), but I’ll focus here on what you see from the inside out, not how the glasses themselves look. That’s for you to judge.
The 53mm tall lens works well for riding in the drops. The extended upper piece lets you see up the road when your head is tilted down.
The 131mm width wraps around the face considerably, with scalloped lower sections making room for your cheekbones.
My own gripe with the construction design is how the Oakley logo protrudes on both sides into your peripheral vision.
There are tradeoffs regarding the merits of frameless replica sunglasses versus something like the Jawbreaker with a full frame. Frameless offers excellent, unobstructed vision, but, if you drop ’em, you scratch ’em. The Jawbreaker frame isn’t really visible (save those annoying logos), unless you’re really rolling your eyes, and it has saved me more than a few times when accidentally dropping the glasses.
The nosepiece is adjustable for width and the earpieces for length. Both feature a tacky rubber that replica Oakley, in true Oakley fashion, calls ‘Unobtanium’. Whatever the silly name, the stuff works quite well. When rattling across lousy road surfaces or even the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, the fake sunglasses stay perfectly in place, no matter how much sweat is pouring off your face.
Speaking of pouring sweat, discount Oakley has an excellent water-deflecting treatment that it puts on the outside of the lenses. For my money, I’d like to see it on the inside, too, as sweat smears are annoying.
The vents on the lens do their job. I have yet to notice the lenses fogging up, despite slow, laborious climbing in a full range of temperatures.
Opening the Jawbreakers to change or clean the lens is a tidy mechanical process. You flip up the nosepiece on a pivot, slide open a little metal latch and the upper and lower frame pieces then pivot open like a jaw.
The channels that hold the lens have little rubber bumpers too for a quiet and secure fit.
The Jawbreakers aren’t the lightest things in the world, but at 34g they aren’t a nuisance on your face.
The Jawbreakers come in a variety of frame colors and special edition models.
Did you know the color of your lenses can actually impact your performance? Sporting equipment companies make different colored lenses for nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine. Oakley launched what they call Prizm Lens Technology in October 2014, but has been building on the line ever since. The company debuted a collection of goggles for snow sports this year that fine-tunes vision specifically for winter conditions, accentuating certain colors to help you see contrast in the snow.
Oakley isn’t the only brand making sport-specific shades, though. Brands like REI, Nike, and Wiley-X offer similar technology. Whether you’re a skier, golfer, runner, or biker, there’s a unique lens that will help you see more detail, depth, and definition. Read on for highlights from Oakley’s latest line of sport-specific replica sunglasses and goggles.
The Best Sunglasses For Road Biking
Opt for the red-tinted road lenses if you’re running or road biking this summer. The Oakley Prizm Road lenses will improve your vision in both bright light and shadows. Traffic lights, yellow lines, and imperfections on the road will become more vibrant and distinguished.
“We do this by making those surfaces and that dominant black surface richer and deeper,” says Wayne Chumbley, the vision performance lab manager at Oakley outlet. “All the other colors on that black surface like tar, dirt, and paint lines become more vibrant. Black absorbs all color, making it difficult to see contrast on. By making the surface darker and richer, we are building contrast to help you see better. ”
The Best Goggles For Skiing
Snow environments are dominated by white and lack any particular color. Oakley’s Prizm Inferno Line Miner Snow Goggle accentuates cyan and reds, enhancing contrast in the snow. That means no more surprise bumps or sudden sunlight blindness while shredding downhill.
You can further specialize your lens selection based on the conditions of a particular day. For overcast days, Oakley makes rose-tinted goggles that make it easier for you to distinguish the grey sky from the white snow while you’re standing at the top of the mountain. For super sunny days, the Prizm Black Iridium will allow you to see shadows and rollovers on the slopes, and protect your eyes from blinding sunlight.
These goggles have another cool feature: You can combat fog with a push of a button. When your goggles begin to fog, simply press a button on the side of the goggles and uniformed heating will activate across the lens, causing the fog to evaporate. Think of it as a defroster for your face.
The Best Sunglasses For Golf
Read the greens and gauge distance more accurately with the violet-tinted Prizm Golf lenses. It improves contrast, which helps you distinguish breaks on the green and gives you more cues to gauge how far you are from the green and the grass conditions in between.
The Best Sunglasses For Water Sports
Prizm Deep Water Polarized lenses filter out the shades of blue that overwhelm your vision on open water. Whether you’re tubing, fishing, or driving your jet ski, you’ll want these lenses to better see below the surface any time you’re on the water. The added polarization cuts through the glare of the water.
Silver Prizm Shallow Water Polarized lenses are perfect for fishers. They boost green and copper hues that define hiding spots and maintain bright whites to spot the fish and flies more easily. They also help detect the fish’s shadows underwater, according to replica Oakley.
The Best Sunglasses For the Trails
You can bike, hike, and run knowing that you won’t wipe out while wearing the red-tinted Oakley Prizm Trail Lenses. These replica sunglasses are engineered to enhance the definition of reds and browns, allowing you to see and react faster to creases and patches of sand, roots, and rocks.
“Color separation is the key,” says Chumbley. “This lens allows you to identify texture and hazards, giving you the ultimate depth perception needed at the high speeds of off-road mountain biking.”
Deep in the woods, just outside of Idyllwild California, I was shooting a piece on how to do a “Clover Leaf Recon.”
I had intended to produce that piece and only include short blurbs about the gear I had chosen to use, but when I started to research the glasses I had with me I found the coating on them so interesting that I thought I should share it with you all.
As a Sniper Instructor, grey had become my favorite color. It’s easy to darken or lighten, but its best attribute is its ability to smoothly blend into shadows and of course, when you’re hiding, there are always shadows.
For this reason I had brought out a grey pair of Oakley’s new Fuel Cell Cerakote glasses. As expected I was pleased with the fit, weight, and lenses but I was especially happy to see that after hours of crawling through bushes, and shoving the glasses in and out of my pockets, that they weren’t destroyed.
I knew they had a Cerakote finish on them, but to be honest, and I’m embarrassed to say this, I really didn’t know anything about Cerakote until I started doing the research for my original article.
Here’s what grabbed my attention about what Oakley is using to coat their replica glasses.
What you need to know about Cerakote
Cerakote is a ceramic based finish often used to protect and reduce the signature of high-end weapon systems as well as critical plastics, polymers, woods or metals that are expected to last and perform in a variety of conditions. Say like getting thrusted in and out of branches, leaves and dirt filled pockets.
Not just another paint job
It wasn’t the fact that Cerakote protects things from harsh elements that really caught my attention. It was how much better it protected things than other coatings that I found meaningful.
You can dip something painted with Cerakote into gnarly solvents like gun and brake cleaners, WD-40, Lacquer Thinner and even Acetone and Paint stripper with no effect on the coating.
Should you be putting your face into those things? Not unless you’re sniffing them out of a brown paper bag, but it’s not uncommon to be working with and around such things and having them get all over your hands and gear.
Don’t sniff anything inside of a brown paper bag unless your Momma put a day-old mayonnaise sandwich in it on a hot day. Only then do I recommend a “Sniff Check.” I’m not saying not to eat it. I’m just saying know what you’re getting yourself into.
Expose a Cerakote treated item to harsh salt spray and it will resist corrosion 575 times longer than stainless steel or blueing. Game changer.
There’s a test called “Taber Abrasion” that is used to determine the wear resistance of coatings. Cerakote’s closest competitor wore out after 600 cycles of the test while Cerakote continued to resist until it hit 8000 cycles.
That’s a crazy increase in abrasion resistance and that explains why they did so well when I had them in the field.
I wish I had Cerakote coated “Tough Skin” jeans back when I was a kid so that I didn’t have to roll to school with those funky patches my mom used to sew to my knees. Red hair, freckles and holes in my jeans – come on Mom!
Flexibility and durability
Cerakote can also handle 32% elongation as well as a 160 pound impact with no coating loss either.
Basically, the coating is earning one of my all time favorite Military descriptions: “Bomb Proof”
I almost don’t want you to click this link
Oakley has a particular pair of Cerakote glasses that I’ll be a doing a story about in the upcoming weeks and I just noticed that they’re already available in the Cerakote section of their site.
These puppies are actually individually airbrushed, have a killer story about where the design came from (which I’ll be telling later) and are the first and only “Cammie” styled glasses I’ve ever been excited about or would consider wearing on a regular basis.
You’ll know which ones I’m talking about when you see them…
Sporty-designed Oakley eyewear (sunglasses and optical glasses), sports apparel, flashy but durable watches, goggles and other time pieces, jackets, bags and backpacks have debuted in Manila in a fashion show extravaganza at WhiteSpace in Makati recently.
This amidst a growing competition in the Philippine fashion and sports fashion arenas now dominated by foreign brands and dwarfing local brands that have proved themselves durable in quality and image for decades in the local market.
The fashion show had a backdrop of active and busy streets of Oakley outlet in California, similar to the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila at daytime.
Oakley Inc., based in Lake Forest, California is a subsidiary of Italian company Luxottica, that designs, develops and manufactures sports performance equipment and lifestyle pieces including replica sunglasses, sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories.
Most items are designed in-house at the head office, but, in some countries, Oakley has exclusive designs relevant to the market. It currently holds more than 600 patents for eyewear, materials, and performance gear.
Chris Tzambazis, sales and business development manager of cheap Oakley for Southeast Asia, India and Korea, said Oakley has been operating as a top brand for the past two decades and by end of 2016 it had a total of 20 franchise stores, making it the top franchise globally of the brand.
In Manila, its reseller, Meera Enterprises, carries over 150 optical doors nationwide and lifestyle retailers of over 32 shops and more than 15 kiosks nationwide.
“Each year we continue to grow the business and it is an amazing ride full of surprises as Oakley sale continues its supremacy in eyewear and optics technologys,” said Meera Enterprise President, Ramesh Dargani.
Oakley’s first store opened in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, where it unveiled the latest eyewear, apparel, shoes, bags and backpacks, goggles and sunglasses, watches and more.
THEY look like a pair of sunnies someone who loves punching Winnie Blues would buy from the servo and that’s half the appeal.
Of course, the other appeal is they are “smart” glasses, which offer a real-time voice activated coaching system, unique training program and performance tracking.
The product in question is Oakley’s Radar Pace glasses outlet — a partnership between the replica sunglasses manufacturer and the tech wizards at Intel.
The glasses have been fitted with internal accelerometer, gyroscope, pressure, humidity, and proximity sensors to help with the performance tracking.
The wearable is also paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth, which acts as the GPS for tracking and feeds analytics to the Radar Pace app.
Additionally, Radar Pace can connect to a number of external sensors used to measure heart rate, power, speed and other metrics you usually track.
The whole system is brought together by three microphones and detachable micro USB ear buds, which allow the user to communicate with the computer coach.
After entering age, height, weight, fitness level, overall goal and other key metrics into the app, the user is given a customised training program they will be coached through in real-time.
Once started, the technology learns from each workout and completes adjustments accordingly.
Alternatively, you can wear the cheap Oakley sunglasses while on a free run and still use the real-time tracking.
While I looked at the program, I mostly opted to use the product for the free run experience.
Similar to what you would expect from a human coach, Radar Pace aims to keep the athlete on track by analysing the performance and offering feedback.
This mostly comes through the sunglasses’ natural voice interaction, which can be heard over music playing in the background.
Users can communicate with the glasses by asking a series of questions related to training — pace, power, heart rate, power and most other analytics you would be curious to know.
To ask the question during your run it’s as simple as saying “OK Radar” to get the computer’s attention.
OK Radar, what’s my current pace?
> You’re current pace is 4 minutes 45 seconds per kilometre, which is just right.
In addition to responding to requests, Radar will give you updates from time to time.
Your current stride rate is 84, you need to get this up to 89. Try talking smaller, quicker steps to keep your pace.
> Why is stride rate important
A low stride rate makes running harder. Increasing stride rate puts less load on your legs, and helps you feel less tired.
It’s all very helpful, although I must admit the microphone does not always respond to commands.
This is frustrating, especially when coupled with the fact you are running down a busy street repeating “OK Radar, OK Radar, OK Radar”, with each attempt to summon the coach met with more anger and profanities mumbled under your breath.
I will admit to feeling like an absolute wanker one more than one occasion, when people stared at me while I spoke to my sunnies.
It’s also mindful to remember that the glasses are always on, so if you get into your music while running and decide to sing along, you might active the coach.
Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease, still got love for the streets, repping 213
> Sorry I didn’t quite understand that.
Having mostly used MapMyRun, I will admit the plethora of real-time analytics available from Radar’s voice command is impressive and helps keep you motivated.
However, the product isn’t without its flaws.
I found it hard to keep the headphone buds snug in my ear, with the product frequently slipping.
Not only did this affect the sound quality, but it made it annoying having to push them back in — especially when this paused the playback entirely.
And while the glasses do come with an interchange clear lens, I find it hard to believe anyone would wear them at night or inside on the treadmill.
The plus side is the product has a four hour battery life or up to six if not listening to music throughout the workout.
All things considered, I had a lot of fun testing out the fake Oakley sunglasses and was impressed by the tech.
The problem is it doesn’t come cheap, with the glasses costing $589.95.
Sadly, I would want some of the design and functionality improved before I would pay that price for this product.
I have to admit, I’m on gadget overload these days. Everything needs to be plugged in after a ride for charging, so I didn’t relish the idea of having to plug in my sunglasses. But I’m glad I did: Oakley’s Radar Pace glasses click the puzzle pieces in the right places by replacing the imperfect (and somewhat dangerous) head’s-up display idea and sticking it in your ear — literally.
These glasses offer real-time coaching via a noise-canceling earpiece (or two, if you’re bold enough to ride with your hearing blocked to the outside world, which I am not). That means you can get all the data you need on your ride without having your vision compromised by heads-up displays, head units on your stem, or anything else visually distracting.
But your hearing will be compromised, so be careful. Even when the in-ear coaching voice isn’t talking to you, the earpiece cuts out most of the background noise around you, so you won’t hear that car if you have both earpieces in. The coaching voice is a bit fainter with just one earpiece, especially at high speeds when the wind is rushing past, but it was a concession I was willing to make for peace of mind.
So, about that voice: What’s it saying to you? Among other things, it gives periodic updates about vital ride info, like your speed, cadence, and power. It also tells you if you need to adjust your cadence to maintain your peak performance. If you’re prepared, you can set a training program in the Oakley outlet app, and the voice will give you notifications when it’s time to pick up the pace, slow down, or make other adjustments. Built-in gyroscopes, accelerometers, and gauges for pressure and humidity all help offer realtime data. The unit can pair to your external sensors too.
You’re not limited to waiting for the voice to cycle through the information, either. If you want to know your current speed, for example, you can say, “Okay Radar,” and follow it up with your request (for example, “Okay Radar, what’s my current speed?”). The voice will then give you the info you request. There are several useful commands that you’ll get used to shouting at your sunglasses to get info, even if you do sound like a crazy person to your riding buddies.
It doesn’t always work seamlessly — I had trouble getting the glasses to recognize my voice at high speeds with the wind rushing past, or when I was really gassed and breathing hard — but it was reliable enough that I got the info I wanted within a reasonable timeframe. There were only one or two moments when I felt like I was on one of those automated phone calls, trying to reach a real live operator. (What’s worse than shouting at your replica sunglasses? Repeatedly shouting at your sunglasses.) In my completely un-scientific estimation, I’d say the voice recognition was 90 percent reliable, which is pretty high.
In conjunction with the app — which is quite good, with a logical, clean layout — the Radar glasses will customize your future rides based on what you’ve already accomplished, so you get a tailored training plan. It will even adjust your plans if you miss a training session.
If you’re sick of listening to the voice or the wind rushing past on your rides, you can sync the glasses to your phone and listen to music. There’s a touch pad on the left arm of the glasses to control volume and pause/play the music, which also worked most of the time. If you’re wearing full-finger gloves you’ll have a bit more trouble with reliability, but I had no problems with bare fingertips. A forward swipe turns the volume up, a backward swipe turns it down, a tap pauses or plays. Easy as pie.
The hardware is typical Oakley: comfortable, good coverage, and Prizm lenses that offer increased contrast for clearer vision on the road. These glasses are definitely heavier (56 grams with both earpieces) than your typical shades due to the electronics in the arms, but they weren’t so heavy as to become cumbersome. Usually, with heavy glasses, I feel it on the bridge of my nose by the end of the ride. And I certainly did feel it with these, but I also rode several hours before I noticed any extra weight. For training rides, that’s about what you can expect from any smart glasses, and these actually felt lighter than most of the heads-up display units I’ve tested.
One downside: The periodic updates definitely got repetitive and sort of maddening over the course of longer rides. Without fail, at some point during all my training rides, I got to a point when I wanted to pull the earpiece out. I imagine that’s what pros feel like when they pull their earpieces out and go for that breakaway stage win. Luckily, it’s easy enough to pull out the earpiece and stow it in your jersey pocket, though I never quite reached that level of irritation. The information is useful, after all.
I like the Radar Pace as a training tool, and as a wearable that adds valuable data without obscuring my vision. If Oakley can find a way to add Strava Live Segments, I can imagine leaving my Garmin at home. You’re limited, of course, to cheap Oakley glasses, so if you’re not familiar with the fit and feel of Oakley frames and lenses, be sure to try these on first. Bottom line, these are the first smart sunglasses I’ve been consistently excited to wear.
The new addition to Oakley Customize Program – Latch and Jawbreaker.
There are so many options for sunglasses out there, but it can still be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you want to create a pair of sunglasses personalized just for you, come by cheap Oakley stores for a fully customized experience.
The store has a special customization wall that allows you to choose the color of the frames, the lenses, and even their signature Oakley “O” on either side. The options are endless. There are over 15 types of frames to choose from and an infinite amount of color combinations. The best part is the wait (or lack thereof)! They have all the resources to create your custom sunglasses right in the store. The whole process takes only fifteen minutes, and you walk out with a brand new pair created just for you.
Oakley provides unrivalled performance and technical brilliance. And this philosophy has resulted in some of the best-engineered sunglasses on the planet. With over 600 patents Oakley outlet is where physics meets art. ‘Mad scientist’ Jim Jannard started Oakley in 1975 for elite athletes who see the limits of possibility as another challenge.
Standout from the crowd and design your own replica Oakley Custom Sunglasses today!